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Poll: Idahoans Say Trump will Expand the Military
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans have great faith that Donald Trump as president will increase the size of our military, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. But keep his promise to revoke the nuclear deal with Iran? Not so much. Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that 70 percent of Idahoans believe Trump will keep his promise to make the U.S. military “great...

For Your Planning Purposes: Key Dates for Political Year 2017
Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
2017 is shaping up as an utterly fascinating political year, especially at the national level. The Trump administration will keep all of us entertained, and we’ll see how Republican domination of Washington turns out. In Idaho, we turn to city governments for elective politics, and to the legislative session for policymaking. Municipal...

People You Should Know: Get to Know Idaho’s Political Leaders
Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Editor’s note: Idaho Policy Weekly is asking political leaders to respond to questions that let us get to know them better. Name: David Johnston Political position: Executive Director, Idaho Republican Party Twitter: @mrdavejohnston Education: BS Political Science, Boise State University Growing up: Was difficult, but full of adventures. Fond...

IFF to Lawmakers: Give Back Surplus and $70 Million More
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman has an interesting way to eliminate the state’s $130 million surplus. Give it back to the taxpayers – all of it. Then, add another $70 million refund to the taxpayers. Happy New Year. Of course, his idea isn’t going anywhere – at least, not to the tune of $200 million. Gov. Butch Otter said in his...

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones’ Putin Warning
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Jim Jones has been a public face in Idaho for many years, most recently as the non-partisan Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. He was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2004. Before that, he was Idaho’s Republican Attorney General from 1983 to 1991. He also ran for the GOP nomination for U.S. House twice and for the U.S. Senate once,...

Congressional Report: News from the U.S. Capitol
Press Release
Crapo, Risch reintroduce bill calling for local input on land decisions. The sheer volume of national monuments being established and expanded by the outgoing Obama Administration adds renewed urgency to pass new federal legislation mandating local input and approval into the process. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have reintroduced...

Most Idahoans Don't Think Trump will Follow Through on Promise to Deport Illegals
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Two-thirds of Idahoans don’t believe Donald Trump will deport all illegal immigrants when he becomes president, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. But half of all Idahoans do think Trump will temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States, finds IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates. The undocumented workers and Muslim issues...

GOP Solidly in Control – of Capricious Political World
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Many Democrats take solace in the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote and has a relatively low approval rating as his inauguration nears. They expect the Trump phenomenon to be short-lived, with voters returning to their senses and Democrats winning back control of national politics. They point out Pres. Obama’s high approval ratings...

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Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Jan 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clear Lake Country Club, 403 Clear Lake Ln, Buhl, ID
The third Wednesday of every month, join the Magic Valley Republican Women for their luncheon meeting at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl. 11 a.m. social time, 12 noon lunch. For information call Billee 421-2101.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Friday, Jan 20, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: School District Office, Main St.Orofino, ID
Contact Joy Hall at 208-464-2685 or by email at

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Otter’s Higher Education Task Force has a tough job ahead (Idaho Statesman)

Big landowners want Idaho to ensure competition, transparency in oil and gas drilling (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers show solidarity with Rep. Heather Scott (Idaho Statesman)

Pocatello lawmaker Elaine Smith hospitalized (Idaho Statesman)

Otter’s behemoth budget is a call for lawmakers to act (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Statewide Survey Explores Idaho Views On Health Care, Refugees (Boise State Public Radio)

Legislative Update: Will Idaho's Session Be Short Or Long? (Boise State Public Radio)

Gov. Otter recommends $10 million for major ag research center (Capital Press)

Bill would codify landmark water rights victory in Idaho law (Capital Press)

Idaho legislative committee agenda change shows lawmakers’ regard for ag (Capital Press)

Governor seeks new path on public lands with Trump administration (Mountain Express)

BLM proposes future mining limits to help sage grouse (Mountain Express)

New survey says Idahoans optimistic, but concerned about health care (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results (Spokesman-Review)

Marty Trillhaase: Protesting human rights at the Capitol? The nerve (Lewiston Tribune)

Trump wants to tear down regulatory wall (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers line up behind Otter's revenue numbers (Idaho Education News)

Cost of career ladder inches upward (Idaho Education News)

Pro-rights march set in Pocatello the day after Trump inauguration (State Journal)

How to overturn an election (Idaho Reports)

Local sales tax a mainstay in Utah (Times-News)

Two bills to tweak rules for running for office introduced (Times-News)

Speaker won't remove 5 protesting lawmakers who want off committees (Times-News)

Report: Idaho is losing revenue as citizens move away from traditional tobacco products (Idaho Business Review)

House Speaker punishes N. Idaho lawmaker accused of inappropriate conduct (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines